Tag: 1986

1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, Music

Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992) by Aphex Twin

I am familiar with electronic music up until a point – that point is somewhere in the very early 80s. I have no idea what happened between then and the music we have today (save for the odd track that gets played too much or turned into stadium music).

1986, Music

Licensed to Ill (1986) by The Beastie Boys

I don’t know anything about hip hop, and even less about 80s hip hop. I have no idea whether or not this was a big deal. But I can guess, and I would guess that the sort of hardcore punk aesthetic was pretty revolutionary (and helped sell records). I can imagine that there wasn’t a …

1986, Music

Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? (1986) by Megadeath

Megadeath have been on my list of essential 80s bands to listen to for years, possibly a decade or more. And now that I’m finally getting to them I’m so, so disappointed I don’t really know what to say. This is some pretty damn heavy music for 1986, and that part is good and cool. …

1986, Music

Kicking Against the Pricks (1986) by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

This is a diverse album of covers, from blues songs to folk and country songs to more mainstream pop songs to a Velvet Underground cover. And the performances are equally diverse, including some really out there versions of some of these songs (see “Hey Joe.” for instance) The problem for me is that sometimes they …

1965, 1967, 1985, 1986, 2004, Music

Kagel: Pan; String Quartets I-III (2004) by Arditti String Quartet

This disc collects the first three of Kagel’s quartets and pairs them with a piece he wrote for string quartet and piccolo (Dietmar Wiesner guests on that piece).

1986, Music

October File (1986) by Die Kreuzen

Harcore punk slowed down – but not Flipper slow, and much more competent – and played as if it was metal. As many others have noted, this is like the missing link between hardcore and Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, albeit without the strong songs of the latter. Still, it’s cool, unique stuff. Who knew …

1986, Music

Tinderbox (1986) by Siouxsie and the Banshees

The Banshees strike this weird balance where they pair a (relatively) bright sound with lyrics that wouldn’t necessarily fit with that sound. It’s not that the sound is particularly bright, it’s just bright for the genre, and I always find it a little disorienting when I first hear one of their records. The songs are …

1986, Music

King of America (1986) by The Costello Show featuring the Attractions and Confederates

Costello embraces American roots music and it mostly works. Costello’s songs are strong (though the cover of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” is entirely unnecessary) – stronger, in fact, than most of the bands embracing roots at the same time. But the album is hampered a bit by the ’80s production which occasionally intrudes (and …

1986, Music

Atomizer (1986) by Big Black

It may seem like a weird topic to bring up, given what Big Black does and sounds like, but I find their first album to be a little less impressive than Songs About Fucking. It feels, to me, as if there are stronger songs on Songs, even though that’s an odd thing to say about …

1986, Books, Non-Fiction

Uncoupling (1986) by Diane Vaughan

I interrupted my normal reading schedule to read this book specifically because I was going through a breakup – a relationship of nearly five years, the longest romantic relationship of my life, had ended. I chose Uncoupling of the books recommended to me because I found it the easiest but also because it appeared to …

1986, Music

The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny (1986) by Mr. Bungle

Bungle’s first demo shows very little of the signs of their late demos that they were something unique in music, reviving a sound that had been dead since the late ’60s. And that’s weird. The demo is almost totally straight-up Metallica / Anthrax, albeit with a sense of humour that those bands never had. (Also, …

1986, Music

So (1986) by Peter Gabriel

I haven’t gotten into solo Gabriel yet really, this is only the third album of his that I’ve heard. But back when I was a Gabriel-era Genesis obsessive I listened to a lot of Gabriel-fronted music. I have always been a little wary of his solo music in part because it is so clearly different …

1986, Music

Gabriel Faure: Piano Quartets (1986) by Domus

Faure’s piano quartets are very pleasing and enjoyable. I’m not sure whether they marked any kind of moment in Romantic music, but I don’t really care when I am listening to them. This is the kind of lighthearted “classical” music I can really get behind. Great stuff. 8/10

1986, Music

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis et al. (1986) by Orford Quartet, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Simon Street

This is one of those nonsensical compilations of pieces of “classical” music that are put together because all the music is performed by a similar ensemble, in this case String Quartet with Orchestra. So you have two very late romantic British composers (though Vaughan Williams music could be seen as something else, I guess) with …

1986, Music

The Queen is Dead (1986, Rough Trade) by the Smiths

I usually don’t have trouble liking rock I’m “supposed” to like (i.e. the generally accepted rock canon). I can’t say the same about pop I’m supposed to “like” (frankly, I just prefer inventiveness, grit, rhythm and other such things to melody, aesthetic angles to precision arrangements, appropriate to clean production and mixing, etc). I usually …

1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, Movies

80s Movie Lists

I’ve discovered that I am not always a good judge of 80s movies, as many of them I saw as a kid and they hold some kind of importance for me, whether they are any good or not. When I have rewatched them, the rating has no doubt dropped. But in many cases I haven’t …